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Friday roundup: Dogfight at condo, "railgating" on game day, downtown cinema to close

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer under Local business, Parks and recreation, People and neighborhoods, Politics and government Updated: September 14, 2012 - 10:16 AM

Cat in condo? OK. Companion dog? No way: Diane Orenstein's doctor, her psychologist and her social worker all say that a trained "companion dog" would help the 55-year-old woman cope with anxiety, depression and social isolation that she suffers because of brain damage. But the Calhoun-Isles Condominium Association isn't buying it, and now the dispute has landed in court. (Dan Browning)

New twist on Vikings tailgating - a 2-block party along the rails: Beginning with the Minnesota Vikings' Sept. 23 home game against the San Francisco 49ers, the city of Minneapolis wants to allow nearly two dozen food trucks and a beer stand with Minneapolis brews to set up on two blocks of 5th Street along the Hiawatha light-rail line between Park and 5th Avenues. (Richard Meryhew)

Southwest light rail gets $2 million in bond money: St. Paul's minor league baseball park was the big winner in Gov. Mark Dayton's distribution of bond money, but the Met Council's lobbying paid off to keep the Southwest Light Rail Transit Corridor project going. (Rochelle Olson and Pat Doyle) Minneapolis was skunked in its bonding requests for school athletic facilities, the Sculpture Garden and a Nicollet Mall redo went nowhere.

Downtown's only movie theater, Block E AMC, to close Sept. 23: An AMC Theaters spokesman, Ryan Noonan, said Wednesday that the 15-screen theater will close at the end of the day on Sunday, Sept. 23. AMC didn't want to move, but lost a legal fight with building owners earlier this year to extend their lease. (Eric Roper)

City wins a waiting game over abandoned building: The 1904 building at 628 E. Franklin Av. is the longest-running occupant of the city's vacant building list but it has now changed hands The building originally held luxury apartments, but now has fallen on hard times. (Steve Brandt)

SEC widens fraud inquiry into Twin Cities money manager: Twelve years ago, David Blaine Welliver was in hot water with the Minneapolis police and fire pension funds, which won a $14.6 million judgment against him on allegations that he mismanaged fund assets. Now he's under scrutiny by securities regulators for an investment advisory business. (Dan Browning)

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